Throwing it All Away

Throwing it All Away

“He who neglects the present moment throws away all he has.” That observation by Johann Friedrich von Schiller, a great German historian and playwright, holds much truth for all of our lives. Early one morning fire broke out in a house on a narrow street. The fire spread quickly, and flames were leaping high into the air before the fire engines could get to the scene. A young man appeared at an upper window in his pyjamas. Fire-fighters quickly placed a ladder against the burning building, but the man refused to come down. Instead, he yelled that he had to get dressed first. The fire-fighters pleaded, “Come as you are! Come as you are! But to no avail. The firefighters tried to climb the stairs from below, but they were turned back by the flames. When a rescuer tried to enter through a lower window, the heat and smoke forced him away. Suddenly the walls and roof fell in. The man waited too long, and was buried under the ruins. How does this apply to our lives? The man refused to immediately do what was best for himself because of what someone might say about his appearance later. Thus, the young man literally threw his life away. We can make the same foolish mistake. I read about an experiment in

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